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Brit Andersen Returns To Post Ford Focus Win PDF Print E-mail

by Todd Baptista

Former Seekonk Speedway Youth Racing Association champion Brit Andersen of Branford, CT returned to the Cement Palace for the first time in two years on Saturday, and came away with top honors in the inaugural USA Northeast Ford Focus Series 25-lap feature.  Thirteen of the crate-motor powered, 178 horsepower open-wheeled machines turned out for the initial Focus show. , with 21-year old Stephanie Stevens claiming the win in heat one.  Andersen’s Citrix-sponsored #70 handily captured the second 8 lapper, setting the stage for the big dance.

Ryan Smith spun in turn one on the very first go-around, necessitating a complete restart.  When the green was unfurled again, New York native Mike Sboro, now residing in Mooresville, NC, made a sparkling three wide maneuver to climb from fifth to first.  Steven quickly advanced to second and had already passed Sboro by the time the second and final caution displayed for a minor spin on lap 7.

In accordance with the series rule, the field now restarted in single file order with Stevens leading Sboro, Nick Wean, Dana Messier and Andersen, who had started eight.  Stevens and Sboro ran first and second for the first 14 laps while Andersen steadily progressed via the bottom groove.  With 10 laps to go, Brit took second from Mike and set his sights on the leader.  Two laps later, the 2002 Seekonk champion took the lead and never let up until the checkers had waved.  The win was the seventh of Andersen’s career at Seekonk Speedway and second in the touring Focus class.  Stevens finished second, followed by Sboro, Jeff Abold and Dana Messier.

 
Brit Andersen Returns to Post Ford Focus USAC Midget Win PDF Print E-mail
by Todd Baptista
(Ford Focus Race Report)

Former Seekonk Speedway Youth Racing Association champion Brit Andersen of Branford, CT returned to the Cement Palace for the first time in two years on Saturday, and came away with top honors in the inaugural USAC Northeast Ford Focus Series 25-lap feature. Thirteen of the crate-motor powered, 178 horsepower open-wheeled machines turned out for the initial Focus show, with 21-year old Stephanie Stevens claiming the win in heat one. Andersen’s Citrix-sponsored #70 handily captured the second 8-lapper, setting the stage for the big dance.
    
Ryan Smith spun in turn one on the very first go-around, necessitating a complete restart. When the green was unfurled again again, New York native Mike Sboro, now residing in Mooresville, NC, made a sparkling three-wide maneuver to climb from fifth to first. Stevens quickly advanced to second and had already passed Sboro by the time the second and final caution was displayed for a minor spin on lap 7.
    
In accordance with the series rule, the field now restarted in single file order with Stevens leading Sboro, Nick Wean, Dana Messier, and Andersen, who had started eighth. Stevens and Sboro ran first and second for the first 14 laps while Andersen steadily progressed via the bottom groove. With 10 laps to go, Brit took second from Mike and set his sights on the leader. Two laps later, the 2002 Seekonk champion took the lead and never let up until the checkers had waved. The win was the seventh of Andersen’s carrier at Seekonk Speedway and second in the touring Focus class. Stevens finished second, followed by Sboro, Jeff Abold, and Dana Messier.
 
Brit Secures Rookie of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 December 2004 00:00
Racing in Seekonk Speedway's Youth Racing Association in 2001, winning his first feature on July 4 and securing the Rookie of the Year title by seasons end. The following year he was, at age 14, the youngest champion in the storied history of the 57 year-old Concrete Palace. The defending champion was third in the title chase in 2003.

Brit and his father knew it was time for the next step but were unsure of where it might be. NASCAR raised the competition age to 18 for it three premier divisions, NEXTEL, Busch and Craftsman Truck leaving them three years short of those aspirations, even though they have a great sponsor like Citrix, the world's [premier provider of remote computer-networking solutions for supporting their efforts. "We looked into NEMA," says Andy. "We went to the last race of the season at Thompson. They had a tough race, about eight cars finished. At the end we looked at each other and said, "How much fun was this?" "I still want him to race a NEMA Midget. I want him to get the experience of running with a wing. But, we looked at the Focus Series and it just made sense for us." Andersen would pick up his first Focus win at Hickory Speedway in NC beating two veteran drivers from Indiana in a stellar performance.

"If the road take me to the IRL or Cup, then I'll go" asserts Brit. And make no mistake about it, this kid is here to race.

Story excerpt from Short Track Magazine.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2008 18:33
 
Andersen finds victory lane PDF Print E-mail
By Dan Nowak
New Haven Register; Monday, October 18, 2004

Race car driver Brit Andersen of Branford was confident he’d reach victory lane sometime this year, his first season in a regional midget car series. On September 18, his confidence paid off.
    
Andersen won the first race of his midget career at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, NC in the Real Race Cars Inversion Challenge Twin 25-lap features for the USAC Carolina-Virginia Ford Focus Midget car series.
    
In the first 25-lap feature, Aron Oakley of Greenburg, Ind., led the first 17 laps before Andersen passed him going into turn three. Andersen continued to pull away and led the final eight laps to claim the win.
    
“This is awesome,” said Andersen, 16, a junior at Branford High, who races on weekends. “My dad and I along with the Real Race Car crew have been working real hard all year. We knew we were getting close (to a win), but this is just awesome to win my first race in a midget.”
    
Robbie Ray moved up to third by lap 10 and passed Oakley on lap 22 to take second place. Oakley finished third.
    
The win gave Andersen nine top 10 finishes overall at the time.
 
Speedway Scene PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 September 2004 00:00
Newton, NC:  Brit Andersen of Branford, CT and Mike Ward of Charlotte, NC visited victory lane for the first time in their midget career’s Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Real Race Cars Inversion Challenge Win 25-lap features for the USAC Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget car series presented by Calico Coatings.

Andersen, who captured the first 25-lap race (points race) started 10th for the second race (non-points) but could only move to a sixth place finish and was not able to capture the challenge of coming from 10th to win  the race.  Lucas Oil, who sponsored the inversion bonus money, will spread the inversion challenge payout evenly through the field.
 
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